HUNDREDS of jobs could be created in a Yorkshire town after a planning application was submitted for a major mixed-use development.
Developers Trinity One LLP are preparing to regenerate the 6.1 acre former campus of Kirklees College in New North Road, which is on the western side of Huddersfield’s ring road.
Kirklees Council is due to consider Trinity One’s Trinity West development plans shortly.
The redundant campus of Kirklees College in Huddersfield was bought by Leeds-based developer Trinity One for an undisclosed sum last year.
The college, previously known as Huddersfield Technical College, had occupied the site since the 1960s and part of it was the original Huddersfield Hospital.
Tas Javed, managing partner of Trinity One, commented: “We are completely committed to Trinity West, one of the most exciting developments to be undertaken in Huddersfield in recent years.
“We have been working very closely with Kirklees Council to create an exciting mixed-use gateway scheme for Huddersfield.
“Our detailed plans for the scheme are now completed and a planning application for the entire development has been submitted to the council.
“Kirklees Council has been very supportive of our plans throughout this process.”
Mr Javed added: “Our scheme will create sustainable jobs and provide a timely and serious boost to the Kirklees economy.
“We have been working with Kirklees College since 2016 to deliver this significant deal which will unlock the unique potential of this strategic site.
“We intend to create a premier mixed-use development, of which Huddersfield can be incredibly proud.
“The development will set a new standard of quality residential, leisure, retail and employment space for the town, based on sound economics and an understanding of the demographics of the area,” said Mr Javed.
Mike Dove, of Leeds-based property consultants Dove Haigh Phillips, who are advising Trinity One, said: “This prestigious site occupies a commanding gateway position overlooking the town centre. It provides a tremendous opportunity for a first-class mixed-use redevelopment, which will revitalise the town’s economy.”
“The 342,000 sq ft site, which includes the majestic old Grade-II listed hospital building, has immense potential. “
Mr Dove added: “Talks are already well advanced with a supermarket giant to provide a supermarket on site that will kick-start a development project, which will transform an ailing area of land into an economic powerhouse.”
Mr Javed added: “We believe it is fitting that we are bringing these premier plans forward when Huddersfield Town are playing in the Premier League for the second successive season.
“These are very exciting times for the town.”
The old college layout comprised 10 interlinking buildings, which were used for education purposes and offices.
Part of the site includes the Grade II listed former hospital building, which has the same style of elegant columns at the front as Huddersfield Railway Station.
The hospital moved to the Lindley area of Huddersfiield in 1966.
The campus was put up for sale in 2011 as the college prepared to relocate to new £74m premises in the town.
The site has been abandoned since the college moved to its purpose-built Waterfront Quarter in 2013.